Under the artistic directorship of Gary Crosby OBE, the 11-piece Nu Civilisation Orchestra under pianist Peter Edwards' insightful leadership, present a sonic and visual tribute to the Jamaican jazz genius Joe Harriott.
An iconic figure in the evolution of jazz in Britain, Joe Harriott arrived in London in the early '50s. At first known as a blistering bop saxophonist who fused the legacy of Charlie Parker with his Caribbean roots, his restlessly inventive spirit led to a ground-breaking concept of free jazz on this side of the pond that emerged independently from the Stateside experiments of Ornette Coleman.
Harriott was as influenced by Pablo Picasso as by Charlie Parker. He said 'Most of this music is best listened to as a series of different pictures - for it is after all, by definition an attempt in free improvisation to paint, as it were, freely in sound.'